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Graham Balch

    
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Company: EXPARTUS
Packages: EXPARTUS Clear Choice MBA Admissions Service Packages  
Graham Balch's Reviews
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     By FFF 0 0
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After informational conversations with various consultants, I decided to collaborate with Graham because I felt that he will give me the personalized help and guidance I needed. Even in the initial conversations with him, I was surprised how well Graham was able to help me recognize and reveal personal characteristics and skills and integrate them into a conclusive Personal Brand. Creating a Personal Brand was essential in articulating and presenting myself in an authentic, consistent, and compelling manner throughout all essays and interviews. In addition, I feel that collaborating with Graham helped me be more aware of myself and that the advantage of this increased self-awareness goes far beyond an admission offer from an elite MBA program. It will help me be a more responsible, empathic, and wise partner and leader for others. In the end, I was admitted to several elite MBA programs. After placing me on its waiting list, my most favorite MBA program also gave me an admission offer that included a generous scholarship. I want to thank Graham for his great advice and encouragement that made this accomplishment possible and that let me grow both professionally and personally.

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     By amenani 0 5
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I chose to work with Graham after a few informational calls with other consultants and I knew he would be great at getting me the personalized help I need. Graham is attentive, professional, and very good at getting to my story.

I really appreciated our first few sessions where we talked about all my life experiences (not just the successes), career goals, and what's important to me. The Personal Branding approach taken on by Expartus and Graham really helped me articulate my story and set me up for all my applications, including the ones that I completed myself in Round 2. Graham was very flexible in finding time for discussions, and went above and beyond in giving me opportunities to tap into his network to help me define my career goals.

I enlisted Graham's help for Round 1 with a two school package. In addition to helping me set up the backbone to all my applications, Graham actually read through my applications and set-up interview preps for the schools I applied to on my own. Ultimately, I was admitted to one of my dream schools and will be matriculating at a Top 10 MBA in the fall.

I think working with Graham is great for those who are willing to work hard and really want some good advice (and counselling) throughout the application process. I actually really appreciated the fact that he won't hand-hold, but will set expectations upfront, and be there whenever I needed help or some encouragement (the one thing I would say would be true for probably all consultants is that they get really busy towards application deadlines, which was a little stressful for me to not have full control, but I'm pretty sure Graham stayed up past mid-night to go over my and others' app during those weeks and made sure to answer my last-minute anxiety induced questions. If you are good at managing timing and expectations you would have no issues). He is very good at pointing out BS and tell me that something isn't working when it isn't. I felt that I dug deeper into my story and reached out to more contacts for advice and opinion at his encouragement, which ultimately helped me in more than just the application process.

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     By admitme123 1 5
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From our first conversation Graham had a knack for opening me up and teasing out stories from my past that I hadn’t thought of in years. His open style allowed us to cover a large range of topics before honing in on what was really important to me and therefore what belonged in my application. Graham was consistent and reliable throughout all of our many conversations and we had a personal relationship that enabled us to speak of many things outside of my MBA. He even met me in person when I visited my target school. In addition to advice about my application Graham introduced me to several of his contacts in my chosen industry to whom I was able to speak prior to submitting my applications. Crucially these were people in senior positions that could give valuable, thought provoking insight.

In terms of the MBA application specifically Graham’s knowledge was particularly useful from two perspectives. Firstly he helped me maximise the value of every word in my essays. Secondly he knew exactly what the different admissions committees would and wouldn’t like from a cultural perspective, which was particularly useful as an international student because it ensured that my sense of humour came across as a strength rather than a liability.

I got in to my top-10 target school and will be starting next year! Looking back now from the end of the line I struggle to find fault with how Graham handled the entire process and can only express my thanks for everything he has done for me.

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Admitted with Graham
May 16 | 2016
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     By MBASuccess 0
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I first learned about Expartus through a friend, and couldn't be more thankful to have worked with Graham.

Graham focused on helping me develop my personal brand, which was key in demonstrating authenticity in my essays and anecdotes. He was always quick to respond to my questions, and went over and beyond during the entire application process. I honestly feel that I received more help than I had expected or paid for from Graham. He never counted the times we spent on the phone; rather he was focused on assisting me in every way possible. He also happily connected me with people within his network who could help me better understand the industry I wanted venture into post MBA.

Through working with Graham I was able to understand myself, and how to powerfully convey my key strengths throughout the application process. All of these contributed to my phenomenal admission success! Also, when it came to the interviewing stage, he gave me the best preparation I needed, which led to my admission to 3 schools - with a full scholarship from one of the schools!

If you are looking to GET ADMITTED, and are looking for someone who is passionate about getting applicants admitted to their top MBA choice, Graham is your man! He will give you the individualized focus, personal branding, and expert MBA advice that you need. I'll be going to a M7 school this fall with a full scholarship, and Graham played a significant role in this achievement!

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